How to boost the Wi-Fi signal: effective ways

Yulia LoseynkoLife
Choosing, installing and configuring the right router can help improve your signal.

Problems with wireless Internet access are incredibly annoying. In today's home, a whole bunch of gadgets depend on the router - in addition to laptops, tablets, and smartphones, smart TVs, security cameras, smart home controls, etc. are also connected to its signal. So if the router stops handling signal distribution, it can be a problem. That means you need to know how to boost the Wi-Fi signal with your own hands.

OBOZREVATEL gathered some tips on this subject. First of all, remind yourself exactly what model of router you have and where it is located. Next, the steps may be as follows.

Change the location of the router

A device that gives out a Wi-Fi signal has a limited range - this characteristic should be specified in its description. Therefore, if it is located too far away from the gadget you want to connect to it, it can affect the quality of the signal. That's why experts advise you to place the router in small apartments closer to the center to ensure even coverage, and in large ones to install several Wi-Fi points.

Eliminate signal interference

Thick concrete walls or furniture can weaken the router's signal. Therefore, do not put it in a deep recess or somewhere far away in a closet. A good choice for those who need a strong signal from the device is a separate open shelf, where no one will touch the router and nothing will interfere with its operation.

Check your router settings

It could be that your router is not set up well - it has the wrong channel width or signal strength. So look up the configuration instructions for your model and see what and how you can fix to improve the performance of the device.

Replace your router with a modern dual-band model

The quality of operation of the access point can be affected by interference on the frequency it uses. So older models of routers work on Wi-Fi technology 5 and below, it is on its frequencies these interference occurs frequently and can be quite strong. At the same time, modern routers are able to work in two bands - 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. That is, they are compatible with modern gadgets that receive a 5 GHz signal and older models that are suitable for the 2.4 GHz option. So if you're using an old router, it may be time to replace it, because it doesn't match well with the newer appliances in your home.

Replace your router with a more powerful one

Since the router has a limited coverage area, you should choose a more powerful model for larger rooms. Choose models that have more than two antennas - they give out a better signal. If you own a large house, you may need several routers networked together. But more on that later.

Use a Wi-Fi Amplifier

This small device will not replace a full-fledged second router, but it can improve the performance of an existing access point. The amplifier should be placed next to an existing properly installed router, because it too needs a strong signal. It is not possible to place such devices at a distance around the router to extend the coverage area.

Install MESH routers for a larger area

These are the same routers that can connect, work as a network, and can cover a significant area. MESH technology allows you to seamlessly switch between access points, so you can walk from one end of the house to the other while browsing on your smartphone, and not even notice the moment when your gadget has caught a new Wi-Fi signal.

Previously OBOZREVATEL told you how you can connect a router to a power bank, so it works even when the light is off.

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